What is it/How did I get it?

Tinea is caused by an overgrowth of the flora and fauna naturally found on the body which often appears as a dark pink/red patch of skin with associated peeling or dry skin around it. It is part of the fungus family and as a result is highly contagious and is often transmitted when people walk barefoot in the same area. The most likely cause of Tinea is picking it up at a place where you share a warm moist environment barefoot such as the local swimming pool or communal showers when traveling. Otherwise you can develop Tinea in times of stress, infection or taking medication.

Do I need to treat it?

The main problem that people complain of with Tinea is that it can get itchy or burn, however if left for a long period of time it can cause the skin to split and lead to more serious complications such as infections.

What should I do?

The first course of action is to get an accurate diagnosis.  Tinea is commonly mis-diagnosed as dry skin or dermatitis as both have visual appearances similar to Tinea.

Once the correct diagnosis has been made, our Podiatrist can best advise between a number of regimes which will help relieve symptoms, as well as prevent re-infection.  You may also be recommended a topical treatment to help eliminate the fungi responsible.

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  • What is Athlete's Foot?
    Athlete's Foot, otherwise known as Tine Pedis, is caused by a fungal infection of the skin which often appears as a dark pink/red patch of skin with associated peeling or dry skin around it.  It is highly contagious and is often transmitted when people walk barefoot in the same area, such as at a swimming pool, or in a communal changing areas/showers.  Tinea can also be exacerbated in times of stress, infection or taking medication.
  • How far can Tinea spread?
    Tinea pedis can spread to many other areas of your body and has a preference for areas that remain damp and do not breathe well, which makes your feet a prime candidate. Scratching the itchy tinea on your feet and then touching other areas of your body increases the risk of this transmission. This makes it important to treat tinea as soon as possible.
  • Do I need to see a podiatrist to treat Athlete's Foot?
    If you are suffering from a tinea infection, it is important to see a podiatrist for treatment. We will be able to create a personalised management plan to help treat the tinea infection.
  • How is Athlete's Foot treated?
    Treatment options for tinea pedis range from creams to medications. Ensuring that you wear thongs/sandals around the pool or communal changerooms, as well as drying in between your toes and changing your socks regularly can be all the difference.
  • Is it normal to get Tinea more than once?
    Tinea pedis tends to remain present on your skin even after the intial symptoms dissipate. For this reason, people often stop treatment prematurely and thus the tinea returns. It is important to continue treating the area until your podiatrist says you should cease treatment. Tinea can be recurring, therefore it is important to continue to perform good foot hygiene to help prevent this.
  • Does Tinea hurt?
    Tinea pedis is generally not painful, however people describe their feet as feeling itchy or hot when an infection is present. If tinea pedis is not treated properly, it can causes painful splitting of the skin and sometimes localised infections.